Aretha Franklin 'gravely ill', family rush to hospital to be by her side: Report

Aretha Franklin - The Queen of Soul is 76 years old and was a singing sensation back in the days when she belted out hit singles like 'Respect' and 'Natural Woman'.


                            Aretha Franklin 'gravely ill', family rush to hospital to be by her side: Report

Legendary singer and performer Aretha Franklin is "gravely ill" as she spends time in a Detroit hospital in the company of friends and family, a new report has claimed. While it's not the first time that the singer's health struggles have made it to the headlines, but it looks like the condition could be worse this time around as her close family asks for prayers, urging at the same time to allow her some privacy. 

The Queen of Soul is 76-years-old and was a legit singing sensation back in the days - in the late 1960s and 1970s - when she belted out hit singles like 'Respect', 'Natural Woman', 'Think', 'I Say a Little Prayer', and 'Spanish Harlem'. In the peak of her career, in fact, the songstress is known for winning multiple honors, including 18 Grammy awards, a permanent place in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, and an induction into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. 

Franklin, however, has been plagued by many a health woes in the past few years. Before the latest concerns about her health, the 'Chain of Fools' hitmaker had to deal with a cancer battle - she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011. Although she refuted rumors that she was still ill, in 2017, the singer ended up canceling a series of concerts, as ordered by the doctors. 

American soul singer Aretha Franklin, a star on the Atlantic record label. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
American soul singer Aretha Franklin, a star on the Atlantic record label. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

"Aretha Franklin has been ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months," her management said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly in March. "She is extremely disappointed she cannot perform at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as she had expected and hoped to." 

The same year, Franklin herself announced her retirement, telling fans that she would be taking a break from concerts, only performing occasionally. "I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it," she announced during a Detroit radio interview in February.

While Franklin's performance for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York was her last, she was expected to be recording one more album. Meanwhile, a film centered on her life, and starring Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson, is also said to be in the works. 

Aretha Franklin performs onstage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates Its 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 7, 2017 in New York City.
Aretha Franklin performs onstage at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Commemorates Its 25th Year And Honors Founder Sir Elton John During New York Fall Gala at Cathedral of St. John the Divine on November 7, 2017 in New York City.